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Fields Of St Etienne

Album This song officially appears on the Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Fields Of St Etienne

That’s one of my all–time favorites. Beautiful song. Apparently, the first time it was released on an album, it was a different arrangement. It might’ve been the chap who did “Those Were The Days,” Richard something. Paul produced the other version, which was a bit over the top. And having been told that they were re–releasing it, I begged them to find the version I did with Benny and Graham. Which I think this is.

Interview with Mary Hopkin, Goldmine Magazine, 1992 – The context was the reissue of “Those Were The Days – The Best Of Mary Hopkin”, and a track-by-track explanation.

Last updated on October 14, 2019

Lyrics

Through the fields of St Etienne
Amidst the corn I wonder
In my hand an ear of corn
The morning dew has kissed

Here beneath the skies
I lay with my lover
While the summer winds gathered clouds of war

Au revoir my love
Though the reasons pass me
Why we can't remain in the fields of St. Etienne

Weaving proudly, singing loudly
Being young and foolish

He was going never knowing
He would not return
Singing songs of war
Filled with God and country
Marching down the road with the boys that day

Au revoir my love
Though the reasons pass me
Why we can't remain in the fields of St. Etienne

Officially appears on


Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

7" Single • Released in 1970

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Producer
Ringo Starr:
Drums
Mary Hopkin:
Vocals

Session Recording:
Aug 17, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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GEOFFREY STOODLEY CLODE 11 months ago

On 2010 CD re release of POSTCARD it states Paul produced all titles except Fields of St Etienne.It gives Geoff Emerick title of producer.:1995 CD Those Were The Days states Paul was producer. What is correct?


The PaulMcCartney Project 10 months ago

Hi Geoffrey, thanks for this clue. I don't know what the truth and will have to dig more ! thanks !